#ThrillerReads | #BookReview| AND SO IT BEGINS by Rachel Abbott @RachelAbbott (November 15th 2018, Wildfire @headlinepg)

AND SO IT BEGINS by Rachel Abbott
Published; November 15th 2018, Wildfire (Headline)

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So this is how it ends. It is clear to me now: one of us has to die.

Mark and Evie had a whirlwind romance. Evie brought Mark back to life after the sudden death of his first wife. Cleo, Mark’s sister, knows she should be happy for him. But Cleo doesn’t trust Evie…

When Evie starts having accidents at home, her friends grow concerned. Could Mark be causing her injuries? Called out to their cliff-top house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King finds two bodies entangled on blood-drenched sheets.

Where does murder begin? When the knife is raised to strike, or before, at the first thought of violence? As Evie stands trial, the jury is forced to consider – is there ever a proper defence for murder?

I signed up to read this on a platform that only releases a bit each day. This was done over 10 days. This was the worse way to read it as at the end of each day I was so frustrated not being able to keep reading as there were always so many puzzles!

It was a fantastic well written book and I loved the anticipation of what was to come. Rachel wrote it so well that constantly left you eager for more, answering some questions but then asking a thousand more. 

Evie seems from the start to be a very naïve young girl and in some ways I found myself getting frustrated with her. Cleo comes across as very protective, maybe just a little too much that as a reader I found myself wanting to give her a good shake and tell her to move on and find herself a life but as the book develops I found my first impressions completely shift and I discover not everything is as it seems and there is a lot more to all of our characters and a big back story that we discover more about the story progresses.

The blurb on this book is what first appealed to me and I wasn’t disappointed. This book was a thriller that keeps you turning the pages and constantly guessing right to the end.

Only thing that was a slight spoiler for me was the ending. I think the build up was so amazing and well written that the ending fell a little bit flat. I think it was maybe one of those books that the ending wouldn’t have been enough whatever it was and although it disappointed it didn’t take any of the enjoyment out of the book.

I would definitely recommend this book and I will be trying to dig out more of Rachel’s work. She is an author I think would soon become a favourite.

 

You can buy AND SO IT BEGINS from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport| THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND by Karen Hamilton @KJHAuthor ‏(March 22nd 2018, Wildfire Books @headlinepg @wildfirebks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND, the debut novel from Karen Hamilton.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Wildfire Books and of course Karen Hamilton who gifted me an early copy of THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

So, want to know what I thought?

Something very special is happening in the book world and it’s only going to get bigger and better. The standard of writing coming from debut authors is mind blowing and Karen’s THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND is no exception.

Juliette is one of those characters that you cannot help love and hate. They are so close you wonder what she is doing to your mind! I loved Juliette’s determination. She literally stops at nothing to get what she wants and I admire her willpower! If only I had a smidgen of her motivation – I would be invincible! However on the flip side, she is pretty creepy on the border of scary. Juliette stops at nothing, considers no one and is ruthless in her efforts. All in….she’s a great character!

I have so many questions about Juliette’s past. Something to me just didn’t quite sit right with her story and it’s left me wanting to know more. You find yourself coming up with different scenarios to fit why she is reacting in the way she does. THIS is how you know a book has grabbed you by the goolies without wanting to let go!

If this is Karen’s debut novel…then I am VERY excited to see what she writes next and you should be too!

About Karen Hamilton;

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“I caught the travel bug after an early childhood spent abroad (Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Italy) and have worked as cabin crew for a major airline. In 2006, my husband and I put down roots in Hampshire and four years ago, I gave up flying to raise our three sons and concentrate on my writing. Now that they are a little older, I’ve begun travelling again (as and when it’s possible) and enjoy exploring places through their fresh eyes.

The Perfect Girlfriend is my first novel (released March 2018). It is a psychological thriller about a sociopathic flight attendant, Juliette Price. The book is rooted in my work experience, but not autobiographical! I realised early on in my flying career, that the moment I changed out of uniform, I became anonymous. It made me think about the identities behind uniforms and work personas and became an idea that would later help create my protagonist.

When Juliette is dumped by her pilot boyfriend, Nate, her dreams of a ‘happy ever after’ are thrown into jeopardy. She vows to win him back, whatever it takes. She surreptitiously embeds herself into his life by adopting a new persona and securing a position as a flight attendant with the same airline. However, these are only the first steps in her master plan as she reveals just how far one woman will go to achieve her dreams.

The novel explores themes of guilt, envy and revenge.”

 

You can buy THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND from the following booksellers (but as always, be kind to your local bookseller!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository | Waterstones

-S.

Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter!

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INCIDENT REPORT; PENDULUM by Adam Hamdy

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I was thrilled that this was chosen as the Criminally Good Book Club read for January. For starters, that cover is everything and immediately draws you in.

Onto the story – the blurb is as follows;

“John Wallace has no idea why he has been targeted. No idea who his attacker is. No idea how he will prevent the inevitable.
Then the pendulum of fate swings in his favour.
He has one chance to escape, find the truth and halt his destruction.
The momentum is in his favour for now.
But with a killer on his tail, everything can change with one swing of this deadly pendulum…”

The story starts in London with our main protagonist; John Wallace who were introduced to in his apartment with a noose around his neck and someone intent on ending John’s life. He is able to escape his killers clutches which then ignites a furious game of cat and mouse which takes us across the water to New York City.

There are parts of this book which play out like a crime show/movie…where our bad guy can shoot EVERYONE from over fifty feet away, but not hit our protagonist! This book definitely has the entertainment value intended by the author.

PENDULUM takes on a very real threat to the world. I don’t want to give too much information away about the motives as to why John was targeted – but it gives food for thought.

For me, the only small disappointment that the majority of the action took place in the US, but this didn’t take away from the action surrounding Pendulum. Hamdy has managed to keep enough of the story hanging in the air for the next book in the series (not going to say what that is….spoilers!)

If you loved I AM PILGRIM then this book is for you!

-S.

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